Before and After ~ A relocated and restored Queen Anne gem. The wonderful Simon Benson House in Portland, Oregon is a great example of what can be done to save a historic house with the right combination of knowledge and other resources.
Built at the end of the Victorian era in 1900, the single-family home eventually became a boarding house and then was divided up for apartments. After a long period of neglect, it was condemned by the city in 1991. The house was rescued by relocating it to the Portland State University campus for institutional use.
Sometimes the only way to save a house is to move it, as was the case here. When commercial encroachment leaves a historic house stranded in a context where it is no longer desirable as a home and it is likely to be demolished, relocating it to a vacant lot in an appropriate neighborhood can be the right move.
All aspects of home restoration are covered in “Restoring Your Historic House, The Comprehensive Guide for Homeowners.”
Signed and personalized copies of the award-winning and bestselling 720-page hardcover book are available from the author in our shop, YourHistoricHouse.com/shop/.
Our shop also carries select preservation and restoration titles by other authors, including Virginia Savage’s classic “A Field Guide to American Houses.” Save on cost and shipping with our multi-book combo packs!
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